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Tasman Discoverer: 7 nights departing Brisbane

As if Orions regular onboard cuisine created by Bathers Pavilion maestro chef Serge Dansereau wasnt enough, in December 2013 Orion Expedition Cruises has scheduled a 7 night Tasman Discoverer themed food and wine voyage, adding an acclaimed wine maker and cheese makers to compliment the onboard chefs gourmet offerings.

Enjoy food workshops, wine tastings with Tony Bish, Senior Winemaker at Sacred Hill winery and special cheese tastings with cheese makers Sara and Markus Bucher, along with Orions fine dining while wending your way from Brisbane to New Zealand via Norfolk Island.

Whet the palette and build your appetite exploring historic Norfolk Island and the beautiful north island of New Zealand secure in the company of the specialist Expedition Team. Selected for their knowledge and practical experience in fields that include botany, marine biology, anthropology and history, the Expedition Team members are there to guide and assist while ashore exploring.

This voyage is designed to stimulate all the senses, with the catch cry Eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow we diet.

Cruise the great ocean blue to the colonial attractions of Norfolk Island, of HMS Bounty fame, and on to New Zealands magnificent Bay of Islands including the historic town of Russell. Every day the menus will offer tantalizing surprises including fresh seafood, succulent New Zealand lamb and mouth-watering desserts. Enjoy inclusive and informative presentations on cheese and yogurt making, European and Australian cheese types and tastings, discussions (and tastings!) on the rise and rise of the ubiquitous Sauvignon Blanc and the emerging super premium wine growing region of the Gimblett Gravels district of Hawkes Bay, described by Decanter magazine as one of the worlds six most exciting new terroirs.

Comparative tastings of fine Gimblett Gravels red wines (Syrah, Merlot Cabernets, and Cabernet Merlot blends) will have you casting aside any terror of wine tasting and focussing on the terroir of fine wine.

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Plus Complimentary onboard Wine Package^ – ‘Hotel Manager’s Selection’

Guest Lecturers:

Markus has working knowledge of the Swiss and Australian dairy industry from the perspective of a dairy farmer, processor and retailer. Markus and Sara have extensive dairy industry experience in Greekstyle and Swiss-style yogurt making as well as hand-crafted cheeses such as white mould cheese (Brie and Camembert styles), fetta and club cheddar.

With 31 vintages under his belt, Tony still enjoys the promise of what the next vintage holds. Tony believes that great grapes make great wine. Its critical to preserve the integrity of the fruit that is yielded. The craft is in developing layers to create wines where smell, taste and mouth feel combine for complete enjoyment.
Its a philosophy that has served Tony and his team well with 15 gold medals so far this year alone. For the last 20 years, he has been Senior Winemaker at Sacred Hill Wines Ltd, a medium sized premium New Zealand winery business.



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February 10, 2011

#FriendsTravel Orion Expedition Cruises Up Close and Personal JESS Kalinowsky

Orion is a purpose built vessel designed to access the inaccessible, all in 5-star luxury. 

The ship combines the best and the latest in design with maritime and environmental technology, comfort and casual elegance.

From the ice-strengthened hull to the chilled champagne and superb cuisine, this is expedition cruising at its finest.

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January 6, 2011

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Voyage Summary
Melanesian Discovery
2011 Departure – March 7
embarks on a 16 night exploration of the South Pacific, through islands unspoilt by tourism. It will follow a unique itinerary, balancing authentic cultural experiences with comfortable luxury amenities and must-see sights with stops that no other cruise has access to. We’ll visit remote islands settled as early as 25,000 BC by skull worshipping tribes. Today they are some of the most dive-friendly islands in the South Pacific, rich in fish and brightly-hued corals. Stroll pristine white sand beaches, soft underfoot, and climb the side of a still-active volcano for an unforgettable view. 

16 Night Melanesian Discovery departing 7 March 2011

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Voyage Summary
Open Video
Each day of this expedition will reveal yet another aspect to the wonderful cultural diversity of Papua New Guinea and the breathtaking scenery unique to this remote land. This is still a land of magic and spirits despite the best efforts of colonial missionaries over the centuries. A land of 800 languages, the cultural diversity will take your breath away. From volcanic tropical fjords and the flooded crater that is Rabaul’s Simpson Harbour to pristine white sand beaches, the beauty of PNG is wonderfully varied.

Papua New Guinea Cultural Highlights
2011 Departure – March 23
On this 11 night expedition you’ll be enchanted by the rich culture and friendly welcomes of these exotic islands – from iconic handicrafts, pristine beaches and amazing diving to active volcanoes, ancient tropical fjords and the iconic Sepik River.

PNG Cultural Highlights – Australian Geographic Photography Expedition
2011 Depature – April 3
You will depart 3rd April 2011 for 11 nights exploring some of the most remote islands and coastal communities ever visited. This is a great opportunity to get right up close and personal with your camera in one of the world’s most photo opportunistic locations.

Photographers Nick Rains and Peter Eastway will be holding pre-shoot workshops on board before taking you on location with Orion’s expedition leaders. Capture unique compositions from dawn to dusk. Your workshops will cover seascapes, wide vistas and detailed macro flora and fauna. You will capture dramatic cultures and characters where your portrait skills and lighting sensitivities will get a work out. An epic photo shoot.
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West Papua & Maluku – Voyage of Discovery
2011 Departure – April 14
“Remote” is an understatement for our anti clockwise navigation around Papua (previously named Irian Jaya) and over “the birds head” of West Papua. We will, on this “Voyage of Discovery”, witness completely mysterious ceremonies blended with the hues of a thousand cultures, from the islands and archipelagos and atolls that stretch from Rabaul, North West through to Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia. The province contains the highest mountains between the Himalayas and the Andes, rising up to 4884 m high. The vast southern and northern lowlands, stretching for hundreds of kilometres, include lowland rainforests, extensive wetlands, savannah grasslands, and some of the largest expanses of mangrove forest in the world. Around the tip we visit Raja Ampat, an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, cays and shoals surrounding the four main islands. We then sail south to Maluku, a rarely visited group of islands.

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